June 1, 2004
June 1, 2004
In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.
The unnamed omniscient narrator--like a Greek chorus, or a tribal storyteller--relates the story of Joe and Violet Trace, a pair of orphans who meet and marry in rural Virginia, then come north to Harlem in 1906. Trapped in their unfulfilling marriage for 20 years, Joe begins an affair with a young woman, Dorcas. When she leaves him, he kills her--an act which, oddly, restores his relationship with Violet. Throughout the novel, the rhythms of jazz in early-20th-century New York propel the narrative.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: General, Human Qualities + Behavior, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Settings, Arts + Entertainment, Nature + Animals, Peoples + Cultures, Conflicts + Dualities, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Love + Relationships + Sex, Family + Friendship
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Toni Morrison
- Online Item #: 11338828
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-6645
- ISBN: 9781400076215
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported